West Berkshire
Parent Carer Forum

Empower and enable your voices to be heard

West Berkshire Parent Carer Forum

Welcome to West Berks Parent Carer Forum!

We are a friendly group of parent carers who have children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged from 0-25 years.

We want to improve our local services, and by coming together as a collective, we can and do make changes.  We love the video below and think the video below explains it perfectly. We are always happy for more people to join us,  there’s no charge to join, we are completely free, and we are a relaxed fun group.  So if you would like to be part of friendly bunch of people who would like to see SEND changes in West Berkshire,  we would love to have you    

As a Forum we can support and train parent carers to enable them to have their voices and opinions count, and to be involved with shaping services alongside the professionals who provide health, education, adult and social services.

Our shared mission is to improve and enhance the experiences and opportunities of children and young people with additional needs, by enabling parents and carers to be heard,  and to be at the heart of decisions about development and delivery of services in West Berkshire.

The forum  represent the views of the collective community and not an individual voice, we are unable to advocate for individual families, but can  signpost to specialist services.

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Hi all, hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break.

A few weeks ago a wonderful ladies pamper evening was held to raise funds for two charities, one being us, and the other APP ( Action for Post Partum) I had our information stall there, and along with having my hair, make up, hand massage and photo done had a brilliant evening. The event was incredibly successful and we have received £330 pounds to enable us to put more events on for you all.
Debbie has done an amazing write up about the event which is below. Thank you so much ladies! xxxxxx

Ladies charity event supporting West Berkshire Parent Carer Forum and Post –Partum Psychosis at Deanwood Park, Stockcross on Saturday 30th March 2019.
Written by Debbie Walter and Photograph by Maria Arkright. Let's raise a glass to the amazing team of helpers, donators, professionals and attendees!
The Ladies charity event was made possible by Deanwood Park in Stockcross generously providing their fabulous function room which was a perfect venue for our ladies. Their staff team Nigel, Flip, Ben and Chris worked tirelessly and went the extra mile to make the event special.
Naomi Gibbs, beauty therapist and director of The Hourglass wanted to bring together women to celebrate their natural beauty and raise funds for charities that made a direct difference to families’ lives. Working alongside a lifelong friend and professional mobile hair stylist Debbie at Hair Alchemy they decided to offer an evening of professional hair and beauty, shopping and of course cocktails!
Guests were spoilt for choice with two fabulous make-up artists Chloe (Fox and Hounds) and Ella Beauty who enhanced their make-up and offered professional advice. They truly worked their magic. Debbie was then was on hand to tweak their hair and spruce their styles. Ladies were then able to have a professional photo shoot with Dawn Lowe. Fiona Worby was present from West Berkshire Parent Carer Forum, a local special needs charity and the co-host Debbie Walter was representing the charity ‘Action Post-partum psychosis’ a charity which had personally supported her and her family.
Also supporting the event were stall holders Ann-Marie with homemade chocolate gifts, Emily from Vamped demonstrating cosmetic fillers and discussing Botox. Debbie Medlin a special needs massage therapist gave up her time with friend offering sample massage treatments on the night. There was a fabulous pop up clothes shop, manned by Angela Watson and many clothes and gifts were donated by generous clients. Ladies were also able to book a clairvoyant reading with Lorraine Lees who proved very accurate and popular.
The night managed to successfully raised £660 which will be split between the charities. A huge thank-you to the generosity of local companies such as:
Camp Hopson, Lorraine Lees , The Woodpecker ,Crab and Boar, Compton Barbers, UK Paintball, Emma James Photography, Dawn L Lowe Photography, Pilates with Danni, The Hourglass, Hair Alchemy, Massage Therapy with Debbie Medlin, The Fox and Hounds, cakes by Kate, Deanwood Park Golf and Deanwood Park therapies, Kylie Barker and Philippa Ponting. All our helpers not named thank you so much x

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